10 September 2012 00:00 [Source: ICB]
We present the ICIS Top 100 Chemical Companies, a ranking of the world's largest chemical producers. Sponsored by DKSH, the listing - based on 2011 sales - reveals some surprises. Revenues and profits rose again, backed largely by price gains. Germany's BASF led the pack with $95.2bn in sales, while China's Sinopec made major strides to capture the number two position, edging out US-based ExxonMobil Chemical. On page 36, the ICIS data team slices and dices the statistics.
It was a year of contrasts, with strength in the first half of 2011 overshadowed by weakness in the second half. Yet it was a record year for sales for the Top 100.
ICIS Top 100 ranking
The list of the world's top chemical producers shows some big movers. See who made the cut and also those "bubbling under" down to number 125.
Top 100 driven by prices
Sales for the Top 100 chemical companies largely mirrored the ICIS Petrochemical Index. See the forecast for 2012 sales. Is bigger better? Plus, operating margins of the Top 20 reveal an interesting picture.
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